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Assignments

General assignment information

It is important to use these guidelines to complete your assignments. If you do not follow these instructions you stand the risk of your assignment being returned to you unmarked.

Guidelines for cover sheets, sending the assignment and assignment envelopes:

  • All assignments posted to the university, excluding mark-reading sheets, must have an assignment cover with your student number, the course code, the correct assignment number, the correct code for your academic registration period (i.e. 01 or 02), the correct assignment due date, your examination centre and your postal address.
  • Number each page and make sure that the pages are in the correct order before stapling them to the inside of the assignment cover.
  • Staple each assignment to its own assignment cover. Then post each assignment in an individual Unisa C4-size assignment envelope. If you submit your assignment in another type of envelope, it will be sent back to you unmarked.
  • Extra postage is required for C4-size envelopes – confirm the amount payable with the post office.
  • Complete this information on the back of the assignment envelope: student number, name and surname, course code, assignment number and postal address.
  • Remember to attach a barcode.
  • No assignments may be posted or e-mailed directly to lecturers or academic departments.
  • The university will not accept assignments or portfolios submitted via e-mail or fax.
  • Do not submit different parts of the same assignment separately.
  • Ensure that you keep a copy of each assignment you submit to the university.
  • Marked written assignments will be returned to you approximately five weeks after the closing date for the assignment.
  • Portfolios will not be returned to you and the results will only be released with the examination results.
  • Use the following e-mail address to enquire whether or not the university has received your assignment: assign@unisa.ac.za. You will also find this information on myUnisa.
  • Remember that you may not submit assignments via e-mail.

Types of assignments

Multiple-choice assignments

Multiple-choice assignments can be submitted in one of three ways:

  • Submit online, using myUnisa

  • Submit via your internet-enabled mobile phone, using the Unisa Mobile MCQ Application 

  • Complete a mark-reading sheet and post to the university

Submitting multiple-choice assignments via myUnisa

Submitting multiple-choice questions via myUnisa is simple, fast and reliable. Just follow the step-by-step instructions on the screen. Although myUnisa is both secure and reliable, we do suggest that you use the following two safeguards to ensure that your online assignment has been successfully submitted:

  1. After submitting your assignment online, you will receive a clear status message and a reference number confirming that your assignment has been successfully submitted.

  2. Your list of assignments for each course will be updated on myUnisa as soon as you submit an assignment

Submitting multiple-choice assignments via the Unisa Mobile MCQ Application

When posting a mark-reading sheet

  • Click here to view a sample of a mark-reading sheet.
  • Use only the orange mark-reading sheet that you received with your study material.
  • All information on a mark-reading sheet must be filled in with an HB pencil.
  • Do not attach a barcode sticker to the mark-reading sheet.
  • A mark-reading sheet that is filled in incorrectly, damaged or folded cannot be marked.

When using a mark-reading sheet to answer multiple-choice assignments, please fill in the sheet carefully and correctly. Follow these guidelines:

  • Space 1: Fill in your initials and surname, for example: S Bengu.
  • Space 2: Add your complete postal address (with postal code).
  • Space 3: Write your student number (eg 391-431-5) horizontally in this space (ie from left to right). This space consists of eight squares, one block for each digit of your student number. If your student number has seven digits, the last square will remain open.
  • Space 4: Under each of these squares you completed in Space 3, there is a series of digits from 0 to 9. Mark the digits that correspond with each digit of your student number. Always mark your answer by drawing a horizontal line through the digit.
  • Space 5: You will find a unique assignment number (eg 1234567) at the top of the assignment questions in the tutorial letter. This unique number is important, because it matches your answers with the correct answers on the computer and is used to mark your assignment. You must use the correct unique number.
  • Space 6: Mark the corresponding digit below each square of the unique assignment number.
  • Space 7: Fill in the code of the course, half-course, paper or module here, for example: COS111-U.
  • Space 8: The assignment number goes here, for example: 01 or 02.
  • Space 9: The question numbers on the sheet correspond with the question numbers in the assignment. Next to each of these question numbers there is a series of squares from 1 to 5. These digits from 1 to 5 correspond with the answer options that are provided for each multiple-choice question in the assignment. Mark the digit that corresponds to the digit of the option you have selected as the correct answer.
  • Remember that the computer has to read these marks – only mark the answer clearly with an HB pencil.
  • Only use the mark-reading sheets that you received with your study material. No other mark-reading  sheets will be accepted.
  • Mark-reading sheets should not be put in an assignment cover and stapled.

Short question or essay assignments

  • Assignments, other than multiple-choice assignments, should be compiled using a word processing package (e.g. MS Word) or handwritten.
  • Use either an official assignment pad or your own paper (A4 size) for this purpose.
  • For printed assignments, please use double-line spacing and leave a blank space of 5cm on the righthand side of each page (for the lecturers’ feedback). Please ensure that you follow the lecturers’ instructions provided in your tutorial letters and the printed instructions on the assignment covers when compiling assignments.

Written assignments

How should written (text) assignments be submitted via myUnisa?

  • Prepare your assignment in a file format that can be uploaded to myUnisa. This file has to be in one of the formats listed under “Specify the type of file” drop-down list on the submission screen. Not all file types can be accepted.
  • Submitting a pdf formatted file is the preferred option as your formatting and layout will be retained - you can find information about pdf converters on the myUnisa home page under “Electronic resources”.
  • Access myUnisa, navigate to the Assignments tool and start the submission process. When you click on “Continue”, your assignment will be uploaded from your computer to the Unisa network. This may take several minutes depending on the size of your assignment and the speed of your internet connection. Once the assignment is received, details about it will be displayed on your screen for final checking. You can then either go back to make corrections or click on “Submit assignment” in order to submit it.

General information for submitting assignments via myUnisa

  • Please use a header for all word processor files with your name, student number, course code and assignment number.
  • If you use a dial-up connection to access myUnisa, please ensure that you have your answers to multiple-choice questions ready before dialling up. It will cost you money if you have to work out your answers while you are online.
  • Please check for any mistakes before you submit an assignment. Unisa’s Assignment Division will not accept any requests to cancel assignments submitted via myUnisa.
  • Do not wait until the closing date to submit assignments via myUnisa. Try to submit your assignments at least three working days before the due date. This is to make provision for unforeseen problems (e.g. your internet connection might not be available on the last day).
  • Please do not submit the same assignment via myUnisa and the post.
  • Please ensure that any documents/assignments uploaded to myUnisa are virus free – if you repeatedly submit documents with viruses, you may lose the right to use myUnisa.

Layout and formatting guidelines for typewritten assignments

  • Set the paper option in your document to A4, default tray, auto feed (or auto select).
  • Set the left margin to at least 2,5cm and the right margin to 5cm for your lecturers’ feedback.
  • Only use black ink.
  • Use only common fonts like Times New Roman and Arial.
  • Limit your font size to a maximum of 16 for headings and 12 for normal text.
  • Use the page break function of your computer to force a new page - this will ensure that your page numbering stays exactly the way you indicated in your contents page.
  • Pictures and diagrams may be included, provided that they are not too complex and are not in colour.
  • Do not embed objects from other programs that require dynamic links. Rather, create a graphic of your spreadsheet or diagram, save it as a bmp, jpeg or gif and insert this file into your document.
  • Keep tables simple - complex tables can cause printer memory problems.

Computer Science students

  • You may submit programs or program output in either a text (ASCII) file or in a word processor file.
  • Remember that you may only submit one file per assignment, so you may have to combine different files into one document. You can also create a single pdf document that combines different source files.
  • We recommend that you use a fixed width font (such as Courier), so that your documents will be more readable and the indentation will remain correct. Converting your document to pdf will ensure that your file presentation remains exactly as you intended.

Assignment due dates

  • Assignments must be received before or on the due date in order for them to qualify and be marked. No extensions will be granted.
  • Please take public holidays and weekends into consideration if you are posting your assignment. Allow for at least three working days for the assignment to reach Unisa.
  • You will receive an SMS confirming that the university has received your assignment, unless you submitted it via myUnisa. Please ensure that Unisa has your correct cellphone number.
  • You may submit an assignment before the due date, but your assignment may not be marked before the closing date for the assignment.
  • Please remember that by not submitting your compulsory assignment, you may forfeit your admission to the examination for that module.

Assignment results

You may get your assignment results as soon as they are available:

  • Via myUnisa
  • Via SMS (you will receive an SMS with your assignment result as soon as the result becomes available)

Assignment boxes

The following assignment drop-off boxes may also be used for submitting assignments:

With the exception of weekends and public holidays the collection times below apply.

City/Town Physical address Collection time

Pretoria

Muckleneuk campus, corner of Mears and Willem Punt streets, Pretoria
or
Joubert Street on the Sunnyside campus (between Walker & Rissik streets)
or
Old Vudec Building (entrance), corner of Skinner & Van der Walt streets

06:30

Midrand

Graduate School of Business Leadership, Alexandra Avenue
(extension known as First Street)

08:30

Johannesburg JSE building, 1 Kerk Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
or
West Campus, University of the Witwaterrand, Raikes Road
(the assignment box is next to the gate and is indicated by a signboard)

08:30

Cape Town 15 Jean Simonis Street, Parow
or
Juta Booksellers, corner of Bree Street and Hans Strijdom Avenue

13:00

Durban 230 Stalwart Simelane Street
Polokwane 23 Landros Mare Street
Nelspruit 31 Brown Street
Mthatha

Motors building, 26 Victoria Road, corner of Madeira Road

Kimberley

90 Du Toitspan Road

East London Metropolitan Life building, 3rd floor, Drury Lane
Middleburg Town Square building, corner of Walter Sisulu & Bhimy Damane streets
Bloemfontein Zastron Street, Westdene, Bloemfontein
Pietermaritzburg 1 Langalibalele Street
Florida Florida campus, corner of Christiaan de Wet Road & Pioneer Avenue
Benoni General and Accident building, 190 Elston Road
Ekurhuleni Corner of R51 and Brazil Road, Daveyton